New York, United States

Arlo NoMad

Rates per night from$116.34

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD116.34), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Glass tower

Setting

NoMad nest

Modern boutique hotel Arlo NoMad has New York City on its doorstep. Spacious communal areas include a library cum lounge, 24-hour eatery the Bodega and a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant, Lamalo. The walls are punctuated with bright modern art, and the small yet perfectly formed rooms are all about the big views, and tech-friendly touches and clean design lend a distinctly modern appeal (note: the glass-walled showers are not for the shy). Borrow one of the hotel’s stylish bikes to explore the city by day, then return to unwind at your choice of its two bars – a Sixties-style cocktail lounge and a glittering rooftop number with skyline appeal.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

249.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $116.34, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per person per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of $35.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast ($15 for Continental; $20 for full English; à la carte from $12).

Also

You’ll find 24-hour pantry Bodega pouring out hot cups of joe and serving pizza slices and sandwiches on the ground floor. On the second floor, multi-use common area the Library shifts from being a co-working space during the day to an evening chill-out space, complete with board games and cocktail service from Barlo.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, bedside USB charging station, Bluetooth radio, mini-fridge and Blind Barber bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love Sky rooms for their three-sided wraparound glass windows; for the most iconic views over NYC, try to snag room 1100 or 2901. Generally, just aim for higher floors (you’ll thank us later).

Packing tips

Bring stylish boots for walking, and something sleek and a bit sultry for evenings at the Heights.

Also

All guest rooms are wheelchair-accessible and, as is typical in New York, average at a petite but perfectly formed 150sq ft.

Children

Welcome, but not catered to; the hotel is best for over-13s.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For prime people-watching, and a space right next to your date, go for the cushier seats that line the room.

Dress Code

Earthy reds, Mediterranean blues and olive greens, echoing the colours of the Middle Eastern landscape.

Hotel restaurant

Lamalo draws inspiration from the warm hospitality and sun-kissed cuisine of the Middle East, uniting Israeli flavors with New York's culinary culture. In typical style, the dishes here are designed to be shared – a spread of dips and appetizers will cover your table within minutes of you taking your seats, accompanied by baked-to-order Jerusalem Laffa. As for the mains, expect succulent grilled chicken, octopus with lemon butter and Shabtai-style whole fish, paired with classic sides like Israeli couscous, vermicelli rice and freekeh. For breakfast, there’s a buffet spread of freshly-baked breads, rugelach and other pastries, frittata, shakshuka, tahini, olives, cherry tomatoes, homemade jam and granola, yoghurt and sticky sweet date syrup. 

Hotel bar

There are two: Barlo and the Arlo Rooftop. Barlo’s design pays homage to Sixties style, and has a secrete hygge-toned chill-out area draped in fairy lights and sheepskins. Try the rosemary-infused gin Forest Hills cocktail while you’re there. On the 31st floor, Arlo Rooftop overlooks the surrounding skyline, making it the definitive spot for sundowners. Sip on cocktails inspired by summer anthems as you watch the sun slide behind skyscrapers.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, dinner from 5pm to 11pm.

Room service

None, but you won’t go hungry. Raid your in-room minibar or head down to 24-hour Bodega, which dishes out coffee and a daily selection of pizza and sandwiches.

Location

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Address
Arlo NoMad
11 E 31st St
New York City
10016
United States

Arlo NoMad is by the one-time site of the infamous Tin Pan Alley, just a short walk from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park.

Planes

LaGuardia is the closest airport, only eight miles away (a 25-minute drive); arrange hotel transfers to or from the hotel for $75 each way. The drive to JFK usually takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Trains

Penn Station, the hub for Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) is just five minutes from the hotel by car.

Automobiles

Taxis and public transportation options are plentiful, so having a car isn’t really necessary. However, if you do bring wheels, valet parking is $55 (plus tax) a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes – a much sleeker and more stylish option than the Citi bikes – to explore the city, or stroll around Madison Square Park and pretend you’re a local with coffee in hand, as you admire pampered pups and views of the Empire State Building. There’s nothing musty or dusty about New Museum at 235 Bowery, which exhibits creations by off-the-radar artists, including works in digital media. Other engaging sights are the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and – ahem – the Museum of Sex.

For more things to do in New York, check-out our private, insider-led SideStory experiences.

Local restaurants

For Italian bar-style dining, great pastries and delicious gelato, secure a spot at a communal table in Tarallucci e Vino in Union Square. Momofuku, on 171 First Avenue, serves up heavenly fare, including practically perfect pizza pie and flavour-bomb noodles. Sexy, low-lit Boqueria, on West 19th Street in the Flatiron District, serves up crispy croquettes, matured Serrano ham and ice-cold white sangria.

Local cafés

For authentic coal-brick oven pizza, get thee to Grimaldi’s on 6th Avenue, where they’ll construct a pie to suit any palate. Don’t leave without the cannoli. Named after the owner’s pet turtle, cash-only bar, bakery and café Penelope at Lexington and 30th is the essential stop-off for home-style comfort foods such as Nutella-stuffed French toast, mac and cheese, and ladle-loads of home-made meatballs.

Local bars

No fuss or hype, just a low-key atmosphere, a wide-ranging wine list and  cracking martinis at Black Door on West 26th. Order a classic cocktail at Jazz Age-inspired Flatiron Lounge on West 19th Street, where bartenders serve ideal renditions of the sidecar and sazerac.

Reviews

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D. Graham Kostic

Anonymous review

By D. Graham Kostic, Globetrotting bon vivant

After a delayed flight and mid-afternoon traffic getting into Manhattan, I arrived at the Arlo NoMad hotel with all guns blazing. Not to mention: completely starving.

‘Where’s the nearest oyster bar?’ I asked the concierge as I handed over my ID and credit card. My delay had set me back three hours and I had second-row seats for Cats on Broadway starting at 7pm, after all. Long story short: I had no time to fool around. I added: ‘Somewhere that will have a lively atmosphere right now.’

The man with a million-dollar smile at the front desk successfully managed to simultaneously check me in and jot down the address and directions for the perfect pre-theater shellfish. It was my first ‘Ahhh’ moment at the Arlo. The second? ‘The bodega behind you is open 24 hours,’ he added.

The bodega he was referring to is a main feature of the bright, bubbly lobby. A small line of hotel guests and Midtown passers-by belly up to the no-frills bar that serves up a deliciously strong brew, breakfast toasts and a variety of pizzas that I indulged in more than once during my two-night stay. Yes, the pizza was that good.

I had booked a Queen Sky Room, so hopped in the elevator. Inside number 2302, a charming jewel-box of a room flooded with light awaited me. With floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls, the Arlo NoMad proved to be a perfect, sky-high perch looking out over 31st and Madison. The room was small but incredibly well-appointed. The real surprise? A sizeable shower stocked with Blind Barber toiletries. Yes, I was starving. Yes, I had tickets to a show. But let me just sit here and bask in the sunlight pouring through the windows, I thought. There was something about the space that made me incredibly happy. I learned later that there are also rooms with terraces, and the thought of returning and booking a balcony room made me squeal out loud.

The concept at the Arlo NoMad, I had read, is all about creating an inviting environment focusing on small spaces paired with just the essentials. You know the schtick they’re after: we have only what you need because in a city as vibrant as New York, you’re most likely out exploring and networking and hustling. And, in my particular case, seeing Broadway shows. So while the rooms are compact, they’re the perfect space to refresh and recharge in. Unlike other boutique hotels with a similar modus operandi, there’s still a genuinely warm level of sophisticated charm and excellent service—not that fake, thin veneer-type service you find in other properties with cute names and trendy logos. On top of that, the Arlo NoMad boasts shared spaces that are inspired, cosy and designed to be used. I spent the morning reading in their library, slurped an entire bowl of bucatini at celebrity chef Dale Talde’s restaurant Massoni, sipped a post-theatre cocktail at their second-floor bar (ironically, the best Manhattan I’ve had in a long while), and although it wasn’t open during my stay, managed a sneaky peek at a truly impressive rooftop patio. And let’s be honest: I’ve seen a lot of rooftop patios in my day. This one is pure gold, people.

The following morning, after grabbing an avocado toast from the bodega and realising I was quickly racking up quite the tab, I decided to forgo cabs to save some cash and took out a hotel rental bike instead. My city pursuits were purely touristic. I biked through Central Park and to the Empire State Building and to a matinee of Amélie at the Walter Kerr theatre. Did I mention? Their bike rentals are free. Yes, free.

I returned to the hotel in the late afternoon and, on the wall opposite the elevator in the lobby, spotted a collage-board of NYC love notes from previous guests. With pencils and pads of colorful paper, one is encouraged to share favorite restaurants and Manhattan memories for other guests. So, on bright pink paper, I jotted down: ‘Take a bike out. It’s not as scary as you think. There’s no better way to feel a part of NYC than to be yelled at by cab drivers. Reward yourself with a beer at Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.’ I tacked it to the wall and read the other notes suggesting ‘Momofuku Noodle Bar was the most delicious meal that I’ve ever tasted in my entire life!’ and advice like ‘Tell George at Rudy’s that Ellen and Adam from Tennessee sent you!’ I got a real kick out of seeing the joy spread by fellow guests.

I retired to my cheery room, just in time to take an indulgent but quick nap before heading back uptown to see Sunday in the Park with George at 8pm: the pièce de résistance of my madcap week of Broadway shows. I was about to draw the curtains, but found myself staring out of the windows across the concrete expanse, charmed by the end-of-day light bouncing off my own personal skyline. Perhaps the best piece of theatre, I thought, is right in front of me.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Arlo NoMad’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The breakfast, great service, the areas to sit in, the location, views from the room.

Don’t expect

Much space in the room. We reckoned it would be perfect for one person, less comfortable for two. Think it was the smallest room we have ever stayed in, though good use of space.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Nov 2018

We loved

Location and bright rooms.

Don’t expect

Service.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Oct 2018

We loved

The rooftop bar, the location, the toiletries, the vibe. Almost everything!

Don’t expect

A big bed or much space in the room.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Aug 2018